Sign up to Women’s Health Week

29 August 2022

Jean Hailes Women's Health Week is a nationwide campaign of events and online activities – all centred on improving women's health. Now in its 10th year, Women's Health Week is a call to action to all women across Australia to make good health a priority.

We are encouraging women to sign up to this important week. Valuable health information will be released in a daily email with videos, recipes, quizzes, articles and tools on important women's health topics. All the health information is based on research and reviewed by experts. We contributed to the development and analysis of the data from the annual women’s health survey, which will be released during Women’s Health Week.

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Enabling social supports for humanitarian migrants

15 August 2022

Global and Women's Health research assistant Varni Doma was a panellist for a webinar hosted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies on 3 August. She presented the findings from her Master's project on the relationship between social support and mental health of humanitarian migrants resettled across Australia in a facilitated discussion with three other panellists.

Thinking about freezing your eggs to have a baby later? Here are 3 numbers to help you decide

10 August 2022

Dr Karin Hammarberg champions the need for factual and realistic information for women to be able to make informed decisions about what is possible with elective egg freezing in a piece in The Conversation.

How Roe v Wade will make abortion stigma in Australia even worse

28 June 2022

Access to abortion and the stigma for those who go through it are still big problems in Australia. ABC Life Matters speaks with Dr Shelly Makleff about her research which finds judgement from health professionals and others in the community only makes abortion access harder.

When mothers suffer, babies suffer. It's time the world realised this, say maternal mental health experts

26 May 2022

Experts at a roundtable hosted by CNN's gender reporting team – As Equals – discuss the prevalence of perinatal mood disorders, their root causes, the challenges in diagnosing and treating them, and potential solutions. Professor Jane Fisher was invited to contribute to the discussion.

Don’t presume women with chronic conditions don’t want babies

1 May 2022

In a blog for the Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland, Dr Karin Hammarberg shares insights from a literature review revealing that women with non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as diabetes, epilepsy, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis might miss out on preconception care because health professionals don’t ask them whether they want to become pregnant in the foreseeable future.

World Health Day 2022 webinar: No mental health without planetary health

7 April 2022

On World Health Day, Monash University and Beyond Blue explored the links between climate change, mental health and wellbeing. As a panellist on this webinar, Professor Jane Fisher explored the links between mental health and planetary health. Watch it here on Youtube.

Glimpsing a life after COVID

23 February 2022

Professor Jane Fisher discusses Monash's Fire to Flourish survey and how women have coped through the pandemic. Read more: Jean Hailes website.

Life and Other Catastrophes on ABC Radio Melbourne

Professor Jane Fisher has a regular segment (Mondays, 4:20pm) on ABC Radio Melbourne's Drive with Rafael EpsteinLife and Other Catastrophes – which explores the complications that arise in our relationships, friendships, and daily lives.

Dr Karin Hammarberg at FSANZ

15 August 2022

Dr Karin Hammarberg recently attended the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Fertility Society of Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) held in Sydney. The conference had a record 800 attendees and featured many national and international experts. Karin was invited to speak in a clinical session, What women know about elective egg freezing and what they need to know, and spoke in a counselling session about Outcomes of retrospective donor legislation introduced in Victoria, Australia in 2017.

Global and Women's Health team members present at the Reproductive Rights and Abortion Conference

5 August 2022

Three Global and Women's Health team members attended the Reproductive Rights and Abortion Conference 2022 in Brisbane in August. The conference brought together researchers, activists and health care professionals from around Australia. Shelly Makleff presented on Lived experiences of abortion care during the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, and Natasha Davison presented on Establishing the preventive sexual and reproductive healthcare needs of women from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds in Victoria.

In Roe v Wade’s shadow, there’s an urgent need to tackle abortion stigma in Australia

26 May 2022

Dr Shelly Makleff shares insights from a study conducted by the Global and Women's Health unit, which highlights the pervasive stigma and roadblocks to Australian women and pregnancy-capable people seeking abortion care. Read more in Monash Lens.

Intimate partner violence linked to poor pregnancy health in Vanuatu

1 May 2022

Dr Stephanie McKelvie concentrated her BMedSci Honours project on researching the prevalence, patterns and determinants of intimate partner violence (IPV) experienced by women during pregnancy in Vanuatu. The study, which was published in the Lancet Regional Health – Western Pacific, is the first to detail findings about the adverse effects of IPV on pregnancy health in Vanuatu. Read more in Monash Lens.

Why do women still believe in the fertility myth?

25 March 2022

In this Feed Play Love podcast Dr Karin Hammarberg discusses the myth about fertility that persists for both men and women. Karin talks about how likely it is for a woman to fall pregnant after 40 and what needs to change to allow women to have babies when they are most likely to fall pregnant.

Masada Early Parenting Centre Research Webinar

25 February 2022

Professor Jane Fisher and Dr Karin Stanzel were invited to join a panel discussing a current research project at Masada's Early Parenting Centre. The panel discussed how the Early Parenting Centre is unique to Australia – Professor Fisher and her team hope to show that this approach is highly beneficial to women and children, and doesn’t require a long admission. Additionally, even people who present with complex issues (e.g. borderline personality characteristics, disturbed mood, and anxiety disorders) can highly benefit from this program. There have been no other studies of this scope and rigor in this sector. Watch the webinar on YouTube.

VicHealth Health Promotion Awards

22 February 2022

Professor Jane Fisher and ABC radio host Raf Epstein were recipients of the 2021 VicHealth Health Promotion Award for Outstanding Media Reporting. Jane co-hosts ABC Radio's Life and Other Catastrophes weekly program. The segment – which celebrated it's tenth anniversary recently – covers aspects of health and wellbeing, looking at mental and physical health, relationships, habits as well as social pressures. It won for serving as a resource, a comfort, and an outlet for listeners as they are encouraged to call in to share their experiences.